I’m finding myself spending less and less time on Facebook, and the reason is politics. Any discussion involving politics seems to start from the viewpoint of outrage, with extreme language and sentiments. It doesn’t matter which side of the aisle you sit on. When outrage is your starting point, your post is simply inviting others of like mind to share your outrage, taunt people who believe differently, or both. And no one’s mind is being changed. Scott Adams is right: we Americans are seeing the exact same events unfold, but we’re watching two entirely different movies. The Atlantic did a survey, and discovered that, for all our talk about the desperate need for civil discourse in America, we’re sticking to our political bubbles and our confirmation biases.
J.D. Guesing describes who’s buried in a small, relatively unknown cemetery in London. David Henndendorf writes on Thomas Hardy’s The Return of the Native and Wendell Berry’s Jayber Crow. A 26-year-old from India meets an 87-year-old in Dublin, and two lives are changed; the BBC has the story. A Clerk of Oxford explore a 10thcentury Old English poem. The New Yorker has what I’d call a “calmly horrible” story on the 19thcentury slave trade; the calmness with which the author writes adds to the horror of what’s being written.
‘– A Clerk of Oxford.
Life and Culture
One Country, Two Radically Different Narratives – Emma Green at The Atlantic.
Writing and Literature
– Pamela Jackson and Anthony Rizzutto at CrimeReads.
Is the Wall of Separation “Bad History”? – Thomas Kidd at The Gospel Coalition.
Awkward Saint Crazy – Adam Whipple at The Rabbit Room.
Art and Photography
Summer at Sugar Creek – Tim Good at Photography by Tiwago.
The Inspector Morse Theme (Morse code)
Painting: Interior with Woman Reading, oil on canvas by Carl Vilhelm Holsoe (1863-1935).